Nudes at the abandoned sawmill

Now as promised, it’s time to unveil the artistic nudes at the abandoned sawmill! This is a follow up to the photos of the structure itself when we explored the building. Now, it was time to use it for my intended purpose, with a subject! This is Grace, a traveling model friend who came partly for this lovely location, soon to be featured on Better Homes And Gardens 😀 There wasn’t a soul around, the empty shell of a building that once boasted hundreds of employees only carried sound, one was a mourning dove. Maybe he sensed the greed of the urban sprawl that will soon inevitably come, and this building will be gone and forgotten. Except by us.

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I love the distressed state of the building and it’s disheveled surroundings, that provides such a magnificent contrast with the soft beauty of the model. In spots, light shines through the cracks. For the darker spots, I had two ice lights with me (Light sabres) with barn doors to control light / shadow pattern, others were all naturale. I love keeping the ambient mood, which can be a challenge, but controlled light, highlights and shadows are my passion. Those factors in a photograph really help the mood, and black and white, I love the dramatic feel of them. With the right contrast, grain pattern, and tonality.

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Talk about some great texture!

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This staircase was built like a brick shithouse, however the floor to the upstairs part, parts of it looked like shredded pork, as Grace said. Perfect analogy, LOL! One of the hazards of abandoned buildings, but we tread carefully.

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Hey Grace! Look at this narrow path of light coming through one of the holes in the wall! Yup. Good timing. 😀

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this abandoned sawmill nude series, I hope to be able to use this great spot again!!

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When does the violence stop?

In recent events of the instances of police brutality and people dying, there has also been violence towards unrelated police, from people who weren’t involved. Let me break it down. The fact that we live in America and we have freedoms most other countries don’t have, doesn’t mean many people are intelligent enough to use those freedoms responsibly. I hate bigotry and racism. We have made great strides as a nation to frown on that behavior and provide equal rights to all. Sadly, there are still racist people out there, and as far as how law enforcement discriminates, I certainly don’t think it’s across the board. There are some bad cops who abuse their position. There are also a lot of good cops who are good people, like to help their community, and go home to their family.

I understand when police violence happens to black people (or white, hispanic, etc.), that voices need to be heard, and protesting is one way to do it. BUT, those who shoot or act on other violent behaviors towards random white cops are too stupid to understand that isn’t the way to handle things. They are as much a part of the problem as corrupt police. If you want to be part of the solution, you can’t do something irresponsible to make an irresponsible person or system act responsibly. When does the violence stop?

Can we always say with certainty that the cop is always racist when a police related death happens? Is it ever possible it’s self defense? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. But the biggest loud mouths who are only making the situation more inflammatory weren’t there to see or walked in the cop’s shoes. How come no one owns the fact that some resist arrest or try to fight off police, try to pull weapons etc, to avoid going to jail? Do police not ever shoot white or hispanic, or other ethnic group offenders? Do you not know how the media works to feature a story that will incite the public?

What are the solutions? Hopefully in time, all police departments will be required to use dash cams and body cams. Also, hopefully some involvement from the NAACP or ACLU can work with law enforcement to cut back on these problems. Hopefully there will be more zero tolerance policies with police department racism. Hopefully people getting arrested will learn not to fight off cops or make them defend themselves if they pose a threat. Nothing is worth that. Hopefully everyone will be smarter and less racist, and start owning themselves. Things like this make our country’s culture an embarrassment.

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Abandoned sawmill photos

I was with a good friend who also likes photographing abandoned buildings, we went on a wild goose chase trying to find an abandoned hospital. To no avail….but it’s all good, despite us coming up empty handed with that and an abandoned hotel with some overzealous rent a cop, we struck gold. We found an abandoned sawmill / hardwood factory and did some simple natural light shooting of different features of the location that has been abandoned for probably almost 10 years. Without further delay, here are some abandoned sawmill photos 🙂

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One thing that was fascinating, seeing some of the old signs on the walls that were there when the factory was still operating. There was still sawdust on the floor, very old sawdust. Even some leftover furnishings, saws and other equipment, it was amazing. Whenever I photograph abandoned buildings, I try to feel the energy of the environment and picture what it was like in earlier years. It has a character and distress it didn’t have then. Many would see this place as an eyesore that needs to be torn down. I see it as a beautiful place with character, that inevitably will be torn down eventually.

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Here is a candid photo of my buddy Jerry who was there with me. Both of us are usually lone wolves when hunting these abandoned treasures, but it’s also nice to share the experience with someone who knows the protocol.

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I heard the wind slamming the metal siding against the building that echoed in the vast hollow space, and a mourning dove in the vicinity. One might say that’s weird energy. I say something there has to live on. The presence of occupants and taggers have made themselves known. When photographing abandoned buildings, I don’t leave a trace or take anything. That’s how the etiquette should be. Not knowing the behavior of others, is why I don’t share locations, except to those who already know who they are. I hope you have enjoyed these abandoned mill photos, expect to see a nude female subject being featured here. You’re welcome. 🙂

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Seeing your lover in a new light

I may be a little biased in saying this, but a visual artist will see people and their lovers / spouses differently than those outside the artistic fields. We see shapes, light, lines, textures, all differently, it’s in you or it’s not. It chooses you, you don’t choose it. The good news for many guys out there, seeing your lover in a new light and different light you see your wives or girlfriends in, is a reality with a personal photoshoot. Her very own boudoir or artistic nude photoshoot, as unique as Farrell Gallery.

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As a fine art photographer of the female form, I am not only inspired by the curves and lines of the body, but light and texture as well. I recently spent some time with a former lover and I recall using the simplest light to see her differently than the moments before. It could be the soft glow from her cell phone illuminating her lips and face. Or maybe a streetlight providing a makeshift rim light on her hair. That morning light peeking in through the window, caressing her shoulder, the outline of her hips, curves of her back, and butt as she sleeps or walks across the room. Oncoming cars projecting their headlights as the light falls on her. It’s about bringing those simple every day visuals to life, and those visions providing inspiration to make your lover a subject of art.

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Now everyone can see their special lady when their unique beauty is captured through the eyes of a visual artist, as seen by us. I only hope then everyone will challenge themselves to notice their lady’s hands, lips, face, hair, and body in a different light than they usually see them. Light is a wonderful thing.

Boudoir photoshoot at an abandoned house

It was a beautiful Spring day, a young lady who was visiting Nashville, from Canada of all places,  wanted a famous Farrell Gallery boudoir / implied nude photoshoot while she was here 😀 So we took a ride to the outskirts of town to do her boudoir photoshoot at an abandoned house I knew of. It was nicely tucked away from the road front, and it offered some interesting indoor and outdoor features to use for the photoshoot, as many abandoned properties and buildings do. Upon entering the property, I especially loved the driveway with an overgrown grass median. So of course that required photos! I was glad that she said to feel free to share photos from our shoot, as this shows what I can do with implied nude and boudoir approach more so than fully nude. There is a certain art to making cover ups not obvious and contrived. Now, for the driveway I was talking about.

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In the back of the house was a screen porch, nothing but open field and trees surrounding the house. It appears the house had been abandoned for years, judging by the mold inside and deterioration inside it, not to mention some furniture left behind! Part of the fun is exploring the house and it’s contents. But I make it a rule to never take anything or leave the place in different condition from where I found it.

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That natural and intimate, yet vulnerable moment, as if she wakes in the morning to get fresh air and start the day, the subtle and sensual draping sliding down her body. My approach for boudoir is far from traditional, but if I did it like everyone else, there would be no reason to come to me 😛 My choice of locations is often different, as I love the contrast and texture that accentuates the beauty of the female form. Now for inside the house, I especially loved the front room, downstairs bathroom, and staircase.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this series, and this young lady cherishes the photos from her session eternally. Finishing out with some from the bathroom, looks like the wallpaper was removed and left a cool texture, yes please!!

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Is a boudoir shoot for me?

The age old question…. Is a boudoir shoot for me? I’ve seen some of these discussions online, particularly in wedding forums, many are curious and intrigued that their friends have done it. Tossing the scenarios around in their own mind…..morality, comfort, what will the significant other or spouse think when he / she gets that gift, what if someone sees it, this photographer will see me half naked. Let’s talk about that.

An experienced photographer who does boudoir or nude/ intimate work knows the body, and seeing yours does nothing for us. – As a follow up from last article, about hiring the best boudoir or nude photographer, hiring the right one is supposed to give you a comfortable experience, not the other way around. If you’re curious, browse your favorite photographers, analyze what you feel are their strengths that are most compatible with your favorite work and vision, and get to know their process. As well as who you feel comfortable with and knows how to work with your unique body type. Skill is better than pillow arrangement. Most of us know some of you are on the fence, or are afraid of the shoot feeling awkward. We know this isn’t for everyone, and it would be counter productive for us to try to talk an unwilling participant into doing something they don’t feel good about. You just have to be honest with yourself as to the reasons you have those feelings.

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If you’ve done your research and still think it’s “dirty” or something you’d feel ashamed of if someone else found out, maybe it’s not for you. –  Or perhaps consider that we live in a society, particularly in the U.S. that can be shallow and judgmental, many philistines. There is nothing wrong with nude art and certainly not boudoir work. For the most part, you should think of it as something between you and your significant other or spouse. Obviously, you don’t want huge wall prints of your nude butt or chest in lingerie hanging on your wall. That’s why most of my private clients buy albums, it’s a timeless and discreet way to present the gift. And consider the fact that it’s the time in your life frozen in time. This is something you have to know for yourself.

 

Hiring the best boudoir or nude photographer

I know it’s a personal and sometimes touchy decision, but today I am giving tips to the ladies on hiring the best boudoir or nude photographer for you. Any boudoir or intimate photographer worth their salt understands that many of you have never done anything like this before and are slightly nervous, understandable. We want this to be a fun and rewarding, liberating experience that only increases self confidence.

Good isn’t cheap, and cheap isn’t good.- I had a lady come to me who appreciated my non-traditional boudoir work, and was more interested about the female form being captured, and she liked my lighting. Good, because that’s what separates me from boudoir studios in their more pure form. She had a groupon deal and told me, something should have told me that the price was too good to be true. I thought I was back in 1992 at Glamour Shots and I looked like a cow in half of them, LOL!~ We had a good time and by me knowing her and her needs, she got what she came for. We did a lovely personalized shoot at her home.

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Know what strengths your photographer has and what is important to you – Personally, my area of expertise is the female form in it’s simple context, lighting, and angles. Mood and texture as well. I’m not strong in set design, nor do I care about it, most of my shoots are on location and fit the client’s passion as well. I’ve seen some magnificent boudoir work where the photographer captured the form well and the place looked nice. Personally I find too many furnishings and accessories taking away from the form. I’ve also seen some absolutely ghastly work where I could tell the photographer may have been good at set design (which I find unnecessary and distracting sometimes, but many disagree, lol), but didn’t know a fucking thing about photography or capturing the female form. Plus horrid Photoshop. Which the latter are my strengths. Select one for the strengths, use them, don’t ask them to become someone else.

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Personality– Who encourages you to meet before the shoot for a consultation and you get to know each other and put you at ease? That’s something most of us would offer, I know I do. Do you share passion on the vision for your shoot? Is this someone you feel has knowledge and professionalism necessary for you to feel comfortable going forward? I know I’m not for everyone. Some feel that because I’m a man, they can’t be comfortable…whatever, I make no apologies for that. Those willing to give it a chance and at least meet with me know that what they gain is photography and form knowledge, as well as a fun experience. I’m not trying to be like the standard boudoir studios….different client. As a client, you just have to know what is important to you.

Motel series with long exposures

Oooooooh I may have saved the best part for last. This was just under a two hour photoshoot, we covered some fine art figure nudes, and conceptual long exposure photography all in one tiny motel room and utilizing every area of the room. I like that challenge. All that was left by this point was a small bathroom….luckily it was an older tile bathroom with some character, not the boring hotel bathroom with the neutral colors. So, there’s a toilet, a sink, and a tub / shower. Usually you wouldn’t incorporate a toilet with intimate shoots, and shower photos have been done to death on the internet. Especially with flatly lit on camera flash and glam shower poses. So, it was time to shift gears from figure nudes to conceptual and dark. The toilet was even going to get some use. Now keep in mind, probably none of my private clients would have me do anything like this for them, but I like conceptual work for galleries, and to hone my creative skills. Good inspiration for future.

 

Most of us have been here before, after a rough night 🙂 Some shutter drag on a tripod for effect 🙂

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Dark, grim, love it! It also takes a great model to be able to be a chameleon like that. Now for some long exposure shower photos…8 second shutter speed with very robotic and deliberate motions, and stillness. It takes both a patient model and photographer to pull this off, not something you see much of. But I felt it was the most interesting way to utilize the concept and look.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these, I feel inspired and ready to serve private clients with their boudoir and nude photography heirlooms. As well as to create a fun memorable experience for them, and for them to give a gift that will be cherished forever.

Motel in the hood nude series 2

I hope you enjoyed the first of the series last post, of model Eclipse Monday and some low key lighting figure nudes. When you think of boudoir or indoor nudes, the first idea is always on a bed. Why is that? Ironic, I say that and on the last post, the bed is where she started out. So many ways to contort the body in it’s natural, and intimate bedroom setting, good sensuality that comes naturally with that domestic environment. So, we then utilized the furniture which was nothing to look at….so using low key mood lighting, In placed the emphasis on the subject and her body, and glamorous features as opposed to the environment. Even the floor in certain areas. A one bed motel room with a bathroom, how much of a photoshoot can you do there? Well, I am putting the question to test. Are nice huge mansions nice for photoshoots? YES absolutely, but are they always a necessity? No. Welcome to motel in the hood nude series 2.

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And then there is always a 1960’s-70’s clothes hanging rod practically designed for nude figure study work, LOL! Great way to stretch the body and create interesting symmetry.

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A 1960’s (I’m guessing?) wall heater in the small hallway to the toilet, for an industrial look. A great photoshoot can happen anywhere. It’s a matter of best utilizing what is there and blending the subject into it.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this part of the series. One final part coming soon, some long exposure work in the old tile bathroom, I may have saved the best for last, though totally different looks and concepts. Stay tuned 🙂

Motel in the hood art nudes

I had a traveling model coming through town, and we decided to do an artistic nude photoshoot and some conceptual photos. It was time to revisit the roadside motel concept as seen before, different small independent Nashville motel in the hood 🙂 This not only supports the underdog to the larger hotel chains, and local small business….but also helps me utilize texture and the older features. Most of all, I can show that beautiful intimate / nude photos can happen anywhere, it doesn’t always take a fancy boudoir studio or hotel, etc. A subject, a seasoned boudoir / nude photographer, and light. And boom. Art happens. Without further delay, motel in the hood art nudes, part one of the series brought to you by Farrell Gallery Nashville!

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I love using shadows and low key lighting love the contrast and how the brush light gently kisses her skin and curves of her body. A mystique and artistic touch to these works in this series. The location could really be anywhere, the lamps in the second photo are about the only motel-ish giveaway. I chose to make the location and ambiance understated and the emphasis on the simple elegant beauty of the model. The hair, the skin, the body, the soul. Just add light and mood. These next 3 have quite a sensual intimate feel, without explicit sexuality.

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More to come soon! There is more to this small roadside motel room than just the bed. 🙂 I hope you’ve enjoyed this new series so far! Any interested ladies, book your private session today, be beautiful. 🙂